I think I’ll write down some thoughts here on each episode of the 5th season of MLP. Sounds good.
That season premiere was pretty good. The story was really neat, and it was a nice fit coming off of the last season and Twilight’s becoming the “princess of friendship.” This episode gave a good example of what that title actually means, and tied into the theme of the last season’s finale. It reaffirmed the importance of Twilight’s friends to her knowledge and power, and tied in pretty nicely with the “equality” of the village.
I also liked Fluttershy and Pinkie in this one, especially how Pinkie could see right through the fake smiles of the villagers. It made sense that Fluttershy would be more willing to trust the village and Starlight, and would like their way of thinking. Applejack was pretty funny in losing, and then victoriously regaining, her countryisms. Rarity and Rainbow Dash seemed kinda flanderized and one-note, but they didn’t have too much to do.
The village ponies were interesting. It seemed like they were either insecure about Starlight’s propaganda, or just going along with her word out of fear. That could have been why they turned on her, or more importantly her ideas, so quickly.
But yeah, good episode, the map sets up a story arc for the rest of the season/series, it’ll be interesting to see where that goes.